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Virgin Galactic spaceship has in-flight problem

usatoday.com — MOJAVE, Calif. (AP) - Virgin Galactic has reported an unspecified problem during a test flight of its SpaceShipTwo space tourism rocket. The company tweeted Friday morning that SpaceShipTwo was flying under rocket power and then tweeted that it had "experienced an in-flight anomaly." The tweet said more information would be forthcoming.
Oct 31, 2014

Virgin Galactic spaceship accident kills co-pilot usat.ly/1tIuxSE via @usatoday

Oct 31, 2014

Virgin Galactic spaceship accident kills co-pilot usat.ly/1tIuxSE via @WLTX

Oct 31, 2014

In past, astros & test pilots died for science, exploration. Now they die for $, to create thrill ride for the rich. usatoday.com/story/news/nat…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @ellencreager: Virgin Galactic tourism spaceship crashes, killing 1 pilot usat.ly/1tIuxSE via @freep

Oct 31, 2014

Breaking: Virgin Galactic reports loss of spaceship usat.ly/1tIuxSE

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Movember 'Stache-spiration: World Beard and Mustache Championships

usatoday.com — Put down those razors. It's officially No Shave November! That's right -- the month of flannel, fireplaces and feasting has finally arrived. And with it comes Movember, the charity and awareness movement for men's health including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health. Time to start planning some fancy facial hair for a good cause!
Nov 01, 2014

RT @lindsdee: It's Movember! Get 'stache-spired with pics from the World Beard and Mustache Championships - usat.ly/10aGTYi pic.twitter.com/NkRB63bJCa

Nov 01, 2014

RT @lindsdee: It's Movember! Get 'stache-spired with pics from the World Beard and Mustache Championships - usat.ly/10aGTYi pic.twitter.com/NkRB63bJCa

Nov 01, 2014

It's Movember! Get 'stache-spired with pics from the World Beard and Mustache Championships - usat.ly/10aGTYi pic.twitter.com/NkRB63bJCa

Starbucks to deliver in 2015

usatoday.com — Starbucks will offer a delivery option in its mobile app in select areas next year. The announcement came Thursday after the company reported "disappointing quarterly sales," reports the Associated Press. In a conference call, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said, "Imagine the ability to create a standing order of Starbucks delivered hot or iced to your desk daily.
Oct 31, 2014

Hot or not? Starbucks delivery won't be easy, say experts usat.ly/1tHLtIX

Oct 31, 2014

Hot or not? Starbucks delivery won't be easy, say experts usat.ly/1tHLtIX

Oct 31, 2014

RT @jtotheloo: Hot or not? Starbucks delivery won't be easy, say experts usat.ly/1tHLtIX via @usatoday

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Bush, Kennedy and more: 5 political dynasties to watch Election Day

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Joining the family business is a time-honored tradition in politics, going back to the earliest days of American democracy with the presidencies of John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams. Here's a look at five candidates who could add to their family's political dynasty. George P.
Nov 01, 2014

It's not just the Bushes & the Kennedys: @ccamia on political dynasties to watch on Election Day. usat.ly/1vjt7Ql via @usatonpolitics

Nov 01, 2014

Bush, Kennedy and more: 5 political dynasties to watch Election Day usat.ly/1vjt7Ql via @ccamia

Don't get left in the cold: Prep for winter's hazards

usatoday.com — The National Weather Service winter outlook isn't looking particularly harsh, but that doesn't mean Americans shouldn't worry about the prospects of extreme weather this season. The agency's recently released forecast predicts an equal likelihood of above, near, or below normal temperatures and precipitation throughout most of the country except parts of the West and the South, where warmer and colder temps, respectively, are likely.

The head coach of college football’s best team will be the Cowardly Lion for Halloween (because his daughter is Dorothy)

ftw.usatoday.com — STARKVILLE, Miss. - Dan Mullen can't make it to his 5-year-old son's soccer game. It's a busy time at work. This is what Mullen's wife Megan tells their son Canon on Tuesday, and he is bummed. Megan assures him that she, Canon's 2-year-old sister Breelyn, and grandparents Boppy and Glammy would be there though.
Oct 31, 2014

Great read. RT @LakenLitman: Dan Mullen has Mississippi State on top of the football world. At home, he's just dad. usat.ly/1FZTGxz

Oct 31, 2014

Love this @LakenLitman piece on Miss. State coach Dan Mullen and his life as a coach and father. ftw.usatoday.com/2014/10/dan-mu…

Oct 31, 2014

RT @LakenLitman: Dan Mullen has Mississippi State on top of the football world. At home, he's just dad. usat.ly/1FZTGxz pic.twitter.com/RJz2y5fjS6

Oct 31, 2014

Dan Mullen coaches the No. 1 team. But as @lakenlitman reveals, home is where his heart is. usat.ly/1pbj2TX pic.twitter.com/k1IKzsFHk4

Oct 31, 2014

RT @LakenLitman: Dan Mullen has Mississippi State on top of the football world. At home, he's just dad. usat.ly/1FZTGxz pic.twitter.com/RJz2y5fjS6

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Robot bartenders? This new cruise ship has them

usatoday.com — ABOARD QUANTUM OF THE SEAS -- Finally, a robot that does something useful. Cruise giant Royal Caribbean is making waves this weekend with a new bar that boasts robot bartenders -- a cruise industry first. Dubbed the Bionic Bar, the high-tech venue on the line's new Quantum of the Seas features two drink-slinging robotic arms that mix drinks to order.
Nov 01, 2014

Now on @usatoday home front: New video of robot bartender at work on #QuantumoftheSeas (so cool!): usat.ly/1sVyWg7

Nov 01, 2014

Coolest bar at sea? We go in-depth on #QuantumoftheSeas' robot bar in new post (check out that video!): usat.ly/1sVyWg7

Election countdown: The final weekend

usatoday.com — This weekend will be anything but relaxing for candidates in tight races. There are just three days left to make a final pitch to undecided voters and to encourage supporters to turn up Tuesday. Here's the election buzz for Saturday.

Life goes on for nurse in standoff over Ebola

usatoday.com — FORT KENT, Maine (AP) - In between going on a bike ride and taking delivery of a pizza, nurse Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend did chores and watched a movie while state officials struggled to reach a compromise in a standoff that has become the nation's most closely watched clash between personal freedom and fear of Ebola.
Oct 31, 2014

Nurse praises judge's rejection of quarantine usat.ly/1wN35mQ via @usatoday

Oct 31, 2014

A 'good compromise' -- Nurse praises judge's rejection of quarantine usat.ly/1wN35mQ via @usatoday #ebola

Oct 31, 2014

Judge rejects quarantine for nurse, citing "misconceptions, misinformation, bad science..." usat.ly/1wN35mQ via @KimPainter #Ebola

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Dentists pay cash to buy back Halloween candy

usatoday.com — Nearly 3,000 dentists nationwide are paying cash for your kids' Halloween candy. The Halloween Candy Buy Back program was established in 2007 by Charles Kammer, a Wisconsin dentist, who wanted to get rid of "the glut of the candy." Kids can get $1 for every one pound of candy they turn in.
Nov 01, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Dentists are paying kids $1 a pound to buy back their Halloween candy: usat.ly/108IFc9

Nov 01, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Dentists are paying kids $1 a pound to buy back their Halloween candy: usat.ly/108IFc9

Nov 01, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Dentists are paying kids $1 a pound to buy back their Halloween candy: usat.ly/108IFc9

Nov 01, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Dentists are paying kids $1 a pound to buy back their Halloween candy: usat.ly/108IFc9

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Safari industry crippled by Ebola geography confusion

usatoday.com — Travelers fearful of Ebola are avoiding Africa or canceling long-planned safaris, creating dire consequences for the economy in Africa, tourism and government officials said. More than 13,000 people have become infected with Ebola, and approximately 5,000 have died, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @ndiblasio: Is it Ebola? Or is America's lack of geography education an "epidemic of ignorance" devastating the safari industry? usat.ly/1tHSuth

Oct 31, 2014

'Epidemic of ignorance': Tourists avoid Africa, all of it usat.ly/1tHSuth via @usatoday #ebola

Oct 31, 2014

Ebola fears + geographic ignorance MT @eweise Now's the time to book a #safari if you know geography usat.ly/1tHSuth

Oct 31, 2014

RT @hadleypdxdc: Great read by @ndiblasio on how the African safari industry is suffering from ignorance about #Ebola usat.ly/1tHSuth

Oct 31, 2014

'Epidemic of ignorance': Tourists avoid Africa, all of it usat.ly/1tHSuth via @usatoday

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'Bad Judge,' 'A to Z' to end after short runs

usatoday.com — Bad Judge isn't getting clemency. A to Z is having its alphabet shortened. That's the verdict at NBC, which will end both freshman comedies after completion of their initial, 13-episode orders. Judge, which stars Kate Walsh, has filmed 10 episodes, while romantic comedy A to Z has shot 11.
Oct 31, 2014

NBC overrules judge, shortens alphabet: 'Bad Judge,' 'A to Z' to end after short runs usat.ly/1wPDt8X via @usatoday

Oct 31, 2014

'Bad Judge,' 'A to Z' to end after short runs - that blows about the latter usat.ly/1wPDt8X via @billkev

Oct 31, 2014

'Bad Judge,' 'A to Z' to end after short runs are completed usat.ly/1wPDt8X via @USATODAY

3 trick-or-treaters killed in hit-and-run

usatoday.com — LOS ANGELES (AP) - Three teenage girls trick-or-treating in Halloween costumes were killed by a hit-and-run driver at a Southern California intersection Friday night, authorities said. The girls were in a crosswalk near an elementary school in Santa Ana when the SUV with two men inside hit them about 6:45 p.m., police and fire officials said.
Nov 01, 2014

Oh no.. Three 13-year-old girls killed in a hit-and-run while trick-or-treating. usat.ly/1tKzmLd (Photo: AP) pic.twitter.com/rvvPEDEAq8

3rd victim in Marysville school shooting dies

usatoday.com — SEATTLE - A 14-year-old girl who was critically injured after a student opened fire inside a Marysville high school cafeteria last week has died, raising the death toll in the shooting to four. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit died a week after she was shot in the head, officials at Providence Regional Medical Center said Friday.

Ricky Rubio agrees on $55M extension with T'wolves

usatoday.com — Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio on Friday agreed to a four-year, $55 million with the team, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the deal until it was officially announced.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @JeffZillgitt: Ricky Rubio's four-year extension with Timberwolves includes bonuses that can push deal higher than $55 million: usat.ly/1xJjGqX

Oct 31, 2014

RT @JeffZillgitt: Ricky Rubio's four-year extension with Timberwolves includes bonuses that can push deal higher than $55 million: usat.ly/1xJjGqX

Oct 31, 2014

Ricky Rubio's four-year extension with Timberwolves includes bonuses that can push deal higher than $55 million: usat.ly/1xJjGqX

LeBron, Cavs take 'a huge step' with first win vs. Bulls

usatoday.com — CHICAGO - Breaking down the Cavaliers' 114-108 overtime victory against the Bulls. BOX SCORE: Cavaliers 114, Bulls 108 (OT) What happened: Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James took over late in the fourth quarter and in overtime to lead the Cavs over the Bulls on Friday.
Nov 01, 2014

RT @JeffZillgitt: Lot to pack into Cavs' 114-108 OT win vs. Bulls, but if this is a prelude to a playoff series, we're in for a treat: usat.ly/1pd16bN

Nov 01, 2014

Lot to pack into Cavs' 114-108 OT win vs. Bulls, but if this is a prelude to a playoff series, we're in for a treat: usat.ly/1pd16bN

Jamie Oliver brings 'neighborhood' Italian to Quantum of the Seas

usatoday.com — Chef and restauranteur Jamie Oliver is bringing his restaurant, Jamie's Italian, to Royal Caribbean's Quantum of the Seas. The restaurant features classic italian dishes and some diners' favorites from his land-based restaurants.

Spaceship crash shakes desert town

usatoday.com — A Virgin Galactic space tourism rocket exploded after taking off on a test flight, killing one pilot and seriously injuring the other. MOJAVE, Calif. -- For Marlena Rowley, watching tests of the Virgin Galactic spaceship was just part of aviation-focused life in this small desert town.

Pinterest's seventh employee on being black in Silicon Valley

usatoday.com — SAN FRANCISCO - In the tense days after an unarmed black teen was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., Justin Edmund wondered why no one else in Silicon Valley was talking about it. "Why would they bother?" he wrote in an essay on Medium.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @NicoleBlades: "It's called the 2% problem. That's the percentage of African Americans in Silicon Valley." On being black in SV. usatoday.com/story/tech/201…

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